Play Ball Like the Pros: Tips for Kids from 20 Big League Stars

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Peachtree Publishers, 2010 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 195 pages
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Who should a young baseball player turn to when he or she wants to know the best way to handle an infield ground ball with players on first and second? How about New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter or Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia? In this inside look at the fundamentals of baseball, author and veteran sports writer Steven Krasner asks professional players to explain the mechanics of how they successfully field, pitch, catch, hit, and more. Each feature includes an in-depth interview with the athlete, a glossary of baseball terms, a historical anecdote, and an example of a real-life game situation and the solution for handling it. Best of all, the players share their childhood baseball memories. More than just a how-to guide for playing baseball, PLAY BALL LIKE THE PROS is an intimate look at how professionals do what they do, and how the struggles and influences of their early years informed their later successes.

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Steven Krasner was a sports writer for the Providence Journal for thirty-three years, covering baseball as a beat writer for the Boston Red Sox since 1986. A graduate of Columbia University, he is the author of several picture and chapter books, including Play Ball Like the Hall of Famers: The Inside Scoop from 19 Baseball Greats. Krasner is a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame's Education Advisory Council and conducts interactive and motivational writing workshops called "Nudging the Imagination" in schools and at conferences across the country He lives in Rhode Island. Visit his website at

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